ulatory requirements by industry and country, as well
as emerging requirements including: NFPA 1600,
DRI International’s professional practices, financial
services, insurance, healthcare, utilities, public sector
guidelines and many others are explored. In addition,
careful attention is given to the processes by which
disaster/emergency management and business continuity programs are initiated with an eye toward corporate governance, policy, and procedures.
At the end of the course, a new and unique qualifying examination is conducted and individuals who
have passed will be eligible to apply for certification
as a Certified Business Continuity Auditor (CBCA)
or Certified Business Continuity Lead Auditor
For more information, visit www.drii.org or
COOP System adds
Features to Software
HERNDON, Va. — COOP Systems announced
several advanced new myCOOP capabilities that
were demonstrated at DRJ Fall World on September
13-15 in San Diego.
• Navigation – additional simplicity and power has
been added to make the leading ease-of-use in the
market even better.
• PDAs – access all dynamically updated content with
Blackberry, iPhone and Windows Wireless devices
• Modeling – rapidly assemble and navigate complex
dependency views graphically for enhanced BIA and
Risk and other analysis.
• Workflow –organize and manage reviews and
approvals from end-user to expert to manager to
• Languages – to support our Asian business,
myCOOP now supports full Japanese, Chinese and
Thai versions for all professional practices features.
For more information, visit www.coop-systems.
Verizon Business Expands
Global Business Continuity
BASKING RIDGE, N.J. — Verizon Business
is expanding its already broad portfolio of business
continuity professional services to address gaps commonly found in existing continuity programs.
The new consulting services – immediately available in the U.S., as well as countries in Europe and
the Asia-Pacific region – focus on business applications, regulatory compliance, training and awareness,
and testing. The services are:
• Application Infrastructure Deployment Review –
Assessment of current application and infrastructure
deployment to determine if the deployment – including the application and operating system, as well as
patching, is up to date.
• Business Continuity Compliance – Review of existing
business continuity strategy to determine whether it
meets compliance requirements; identification of
• Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Testing
Support – Development of strategy and plans for
business continuity testing.
• Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Training –
Provision of customer training encompassing all
aspects of business continuity and disaster recovery
strategies and disciplines.
Verizon Business’ new capabilities – available
individually or in multiple-engagement bundles – are
ideal for enterprises of all sizes and across all vertical markets, including financial services, health care,
retail and manufacturing. To address continuous testing, improvement and training, Verizon Business
offers its business continuity professional services on
an annual, quarterly or monthly subscription basis.
For more information, visit www.verizonbusi-ness.com.
Forsythe Acquires Paragon
SKOKIE, Ill. — Forsythe Solutions Group Inc.,
a 38-year old North American IT infrastructure integrator and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Forsythe
Technology Inc., announced that it has acquired
Paragon Solutions Group Inc., a leading provider of
IBM server and storage solutions and IBM Premier
Business Partner, headquartered in Denver, Colorado.
Terms were not disclosed.
As an IT infrastructure integrator, Forsythe is
focused on taking care of its clients’ infrastructure solution needs across a variety of technology challenges.
This acquisition enhances Forsythe’s ability to provide
IBM server and storage products and services.
This transaction is Forsythe’s 6th major acquisition in the last nine years. In 2008, Forsythe acquired
the assets of More Group Inc., a leading data storage
management integrator in Massachusetts.
With 2008 revenues of $52 million and more than
20 employees, Paragon Solutions Group has grown
rapidly since it was founded by president and CEO
Haydn Hirstine in 2003.
For more information, visit www.forsythe.com.
Mail-Gard Offers New Crisis
Breach Notification Services
WARMINSTER, Penn. — The Mail-Gard division of Transcontinental Direct has announced it is
now offering crisis communications support through
its new service, Breach-Gard, designed to assist customers with a data security breach or other crisis
Mail-Gard’s Breach-Gard service is an on-line,
client-interactive offering that will prepare customers before an event, so that if and when services are
needed they can be executed immediately. The service will enable companies to reach their customers
through a variety of channels, including mail, e-mail,
web and text.
In order for companies to react in a timely
manner, it is important that the service be established
prior to need. Mail-Gard works with customers to
establish three key segments for fast and efficient
communications: data, business rules, and message
delivery. Mail-Gard’s PCI (Payment Card Industry)
certification gives customers peace of mind that data
stored in their facility is safe and can be retrieved
when needed. Business rules will establish message
formats, timing and frequency of communications
depending on the type of notification. Finally, message delivery will trigger the appropriate message,
capture post-delivery disposition and identify next
For more information, visit www.mailgard.com.
TFCC, Strategic BCP
Announce Alliance to Deliver
Unprecedented BCP Package
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Twenty First Century
Communications (TFCC), provider of emergency
notification solutions, and Strategic BCP, a business continuity planning company and creator of
ResilienceONE software, has announced a strategic
alliance to help businesses and organizations worldwide recover quicker after any crisis-related downtime.
Downtime can cost organizations millions of
dollars per hour, imperil human life, and result
in crippling loss of customers. Strategic BCP’s
proprietary Business Continuity Planning (BCP)
software, ResilienceONE, facilitates fast decision-making to reduce downtime by making real-time
response and recovery information available.
TFCC’s CRISCOM notification solution will integrate within ResilienceONE to provide an enhanced
inbound and outbound flow of critical information to
ResilienceONE to users.
This unprecedented combination of technology
will accelerate the real-time status distribution of
facilities, information technology, employees, and
business operations, and help personnel make more
informed, time-sensitive decisions that will ensure
safety and mitigate business loss.
For more information, visit www.tfcci.com.
Delhi Stock Exchange teams
up with IBM to re-start its
BANGALORE, India — IBM has announced
that it has signed a 10-year information technology
(IT) services agreement with Delhi Stock Exchange
(DSE), one of the leading stock exchanges in India.
As part of this Rs 11 crore agreement, IBM will provide business continuity and disaster recovery services to DSE as well as remotely host and manage
its IT infrastructure. This will help the exchange
meet the stringent business continuity guidelines as
laid out by Securities and Exchange Board of India
(SEBI) before it could resume its operations after
a hiatus of six years. By engaging with IBM in a
complete operational expenditure (pay-as-you-go)
model, DSE will also save 100 percent capital expenditure on IT.
Signed in June 2009, this agreement demonstrates IBM’s focus to help clients ‘Do more with
Less’ by engaging in an increasingly popular operational expense (opex) model.
DSE was one of country’s largest stock exchanges
– almost at par with Bombay Stock Exchange in the
90’s, and has been in existence for over 60 years. In
2002, however, the exchange became inactive due
to negligible trading volumes. Seven years later, the
exchange is now looking at resurrecting itself to its
former glory – one where it used to be bustling with
over 2,800 companies listed.
Under this agreement, IBM will build, host and
manage the entire disaster recovery infrastructure for
DSE from its data center. IBM will also provide 24x7
monitoring services for hardware and networking
devices from its command center.
For more information, visit http://www.dseindia.
org.in or www.ibm.com/services
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